SEATTLE -- The Colorado football team made its seventh appearance of the season on the Pac-12 Network on Saturday when they played at Washington.

That's not necessarily a good thing.

CU athletic director Rick George says one of the most consistent complaints from CU fans he has heard in his first three months on the job is from those who want the Pac-12 to get a deal done with DirecTV to offer the Pac-12 Network.

CU fans who use DirecTV as their service provider can't watch the Buffs play each week, not to mention the recruits who are in the same boat.

"I think it has a big impact on CU because we're not getting the exposure that we would like to have," George said.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said two weeks ago when he visited Boulder that the Pac-12 Network will televise at least 60 CU sporting events this school year. But Scott also said the conference and the network likely would not reach an agreement in time to allow CU fans who are DirecTV users to see those contests.

"We hear from alumni all the time, 'Come on, let's get DirecTV,'" George said. "We know that DirecTV is probably the biggest entity out there that could support the model of the Pac-12 Network. So we need them, but at the same time, it has to be under the right business structure for it to work with both parties. The Pac-12 is working on that and we keep having conversations about that because it's an important piece."


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George said even if the Pac-12 and DirecTV reach a deal, it's unlikely CU and the other 11 schools will begin receiving significant revenue distributions from the network for at least another year.

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